. For the next week or so, we’ll leave Gertie out in the living room if Taz is somewhere else. That way he could sniff around and get used to her smell in the house. We also let him see her in the barrel from time to time. He will hiss. Again. The second week, we started letting them see each other in the room. They would approach cautiously and Taz would hiss. So many, so much. Then he will run away. In about a week, we allowed them to get close enough to sniff each other. Taz was still unsure about this little thing. Gertie is overjoyed to have a friend, LOL.
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He would lunge at her and hiss, but not hurt her. Then they started chasing each other. When that happens, we know they’ll be fine. Taz would chase her through the house, then flip and let her chase him. He even lets her catch him and they will argue. Now they are best friends. Taz was quick to take on the role of babysitter/older brother after that. If she went out, he would go with her. We would say “Taz, go get the baby” and he would hug her and take her inside. It’s crucial to give your older cat time to adjust and not invade their space too soon. Keep them physically separate while still letting them see and smell each other. Kittens probably won’t be afraid of larger cats, but their size means you’ll need protection at first.